I Made Indian Honey Cake, and It Is My New Favorite Dessert!

Lately, I have been seeing this no-oven Indian honey cake all over social media, and I was curious about what the fuss was about. So, I asked my friend Nadee, who loves this cake and has an amazing recipe she always uses.

In this video below, Nadee is going to show us how to make this delicious Indian honey cake at home. Check It Out Now!

Why You Will Love Indian Honey Cake

bakery style Indian honey cake

Indian honey cake is a big hit in South India, especially in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. This cake is incredibly soft and moist, soaked in a delicious honey syrup that makes it sweet and flavorful.

It is made with simple ingredients like flour, yogurt, sugar, and oil. After baking, it gets a layer of jam and a sprinkle of coconut flakes on top. Perfect for tea time or any celebration, this cake brings a delightful touch of tradition and sweetness to your table.

If you have not tried this Indian honey cake yet, you are in for a real treat!

No-Oven Cooking Method

no-oven cake cooking method

This no-oven cooking method is ideal for those without an oven or looking for a new approach. The cake is cooked on the stovetop in a heavy-bottom pot with a layer of salt at the bottom for even heat distribution.

baking Indian honey cake on the stovetop

A wire rack elevates the baking tray above the salt, ensuring the cake cooks gently and uniformly. This technique saves energy and makes baking accessible to all, resulting in a uniquely moist and delicious cake.

Baking Indian Honey Cake in the Oven

baking Indian honey cake in the oven

You can easily bake Indian honey cake in the oven too! Just preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Follow the same recipe to prepare the batter and pour it into a greased and lined baking tray.

Bake for about 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Once baked, soak the cake in honey syrup, spread the jam on top, and sprinkle with coconut flakes. Enjoy the same delicious, moist cake with a slightly different baking method!

Check Out Also: How to Make Besan Ladoo (Easy Traditional Recipe).

Moist and Easy Indian Honey Cake Recipe

Recipe by Jen Evansy
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Course: DessertCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Easy


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This no-oven Indian cake is super soft, moist, and bursting with sweet honey flavor, plus you can make it right on your stovetop. My friend Nadee shared her favorite recipe, and I am excited to share with you how to make this delicious Indian treat!

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  • 1/2 cup (118 ml) of oil

  • 1/2 cup (123 grams) of curd or plain full-fat yogurt

  • 1 cup (200 grams) of powdered sugar

  • 1 1/2 cups (188 grams) of all-purpose flour

  • 1 tsp (4 grams) of baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp (2.3 grams) of baking soda

  • 1 pinch Salt

  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) of room-temperature milk

  • 1 cup (273 grams) of salt

  • Coconut flakes (quantity as per preference)

  • For the honey syrup:
  • 2 tbsp (25 grams) of sugar

  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) of water

  • 3 tbsp (63 grams) of honey

  • For the Jam:
  • 1/2 cup (160 grams) of mixed fruit jam or strawberry jam

  • 1 tbsp (21 grams) of honey for the jam mixture

Making The Indian Honey Cake

  • Combine Wet Ingredients: To make this traditional honey cake recipe, start by combining half a cup of oil with half a cup of curd or plain full-fat yogurt and one cup of powdered sugar. Mix everything together until it is smooth and lump-free.combining the wet ingredients in a bowl
  • Sift Dry Ingredients: Sift one and a half cups of all-purpose flour, one teaspoon of baking powder, half a teaspoon of baking soda, and a pinch of salt into the bowl with the wet ingredients. Mix thoroughly until everything is well combined.Sifting Dry Ingredients to the bowl
  • Add Milk: Slowly pour in half a cup of room-temperature milk while mixing. Add the milk in small amounts, mixing continuously until you achieve a smooth cake batter.adding milk to the mixture
  • Prepare the Pot: Place about one cup of salt evenly on the bottom of a large heavy-bottom pot or pan and heat it on medium heat. Place a wire rack or a heatproof stand in the pot to elevate the baking tray above the salt layer.Preparing the Pot with lid
  • Prepare the Baking Tray: Take a square baking tray that fits in the pot and lightly grease it with oil. Line the bottom of the tray with parchment paper and lightly grease the parchment paper as well.Preparing the Baking Tray and grease the parchment paper
  • Pour the Batter: Pour the prepared cake batter into the greased and lined baking tray, ensuring the batter is level for even cooking.pouring the batter to the tray
  • Bake the Cake: Place the baking tray on top of the wire rack or stand inside the preheated pot. Cover the pot with a lid to trap the heat. Cook the cake on low heat for about 40 minutes. After 40 minutes, check the cake by inserting a toothpick into the center. If it comes out clean, the cake is done. If not, cook for a few more minutes and check again.Baking the Cake and check the cake
  • Cool the Cake: Once the cake is cooked, remove the baking tray from the pot and allow the cake to cool in the tray.cooling the cake
  • Honey Syrup and Jam Mixture:
  • Prepare Honey Syrup: In a small saucepan, combine 2 tablespoons of sugar and half a cup of water. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat until the sugar is completely melted, then turn off the heat. Add 3 tablespoons of honey and stir until the honey is completely dissolved.preparing of the Honey Syrup
  • Prepare Jam Mixture: In another small bowl, dissolve half a cup of mixed fruit jam or strawberry jam with one tablespoon of honey until it is runny.preparing the jam mixture
  • Assemble the Cake
  • Assemble the Cake: Remove the cake from the tin and carefully turn it upside down onto a cutting board. Peel off the parchment paper from the bottom. Flip the cake over so that the top side is facing up. The cake should feel soft and springy. Use a toothpick to poke holes all over the surface of the cake.assembling the cake
  • Add Syrup and Jam: Drizzle the prepared honey syrup evenly over the cake, ensuring it covers the entire surface. Spread the jam and honey mixture over the cake, covering it evenly.adding of syrup and jam on top
  • Finish and Serve: Finally, sprinkle some coconut flakes on top of the honey cake for added flavor and texture. Cut the cake into pieces and serve. Enjoy your delicious homemade Indian honey cake!sprinkling of coconut flakes

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  • Consistency is key: when mixing the batter, ensure it is smooth with no lumps to guarantee a perfect, fluffy cake.
  • Gradual addition: When adding milk to the batter, do it in small quantities, ensuring each addition is well mixed before adding more. This helps to reach the right consistency.
  • Salt layer trick: The salt layer helps in even baking and prevents the bottom of the cake from burning. Make sure the salt is spread evenly.
  • Use of parchment paper: Always grease the baking tray and parchment paper to prevent the cake from sticking.
  • The toothpick test: The best way to check if the cake is done is by inserting a toothpick in the middle. If it comes out clean, the cake is ready.

Nutrition Facts

  • Total number of serves: 8
  • Calories: 432kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 67.5g
  • Protein: 5.6g
  • Fat: 16g

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